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Friday, January 30, 2015

Carnegie Mellon, Pitt Ethicists Question Impact of Hospital Advertising

Hosptial AdvertisingIn a commentary piece published in JAMA Internal Medicine, CMU's Alex John London and Pitt's Yael Schenker question the impact of health information that is available online, voicing their concerns that reliable and unbiased information may be hard to identify among the growing number of medical care advertisements. MORE
Friday, January 30, 2015

Game On

Global Game JamStudents taking a class in the IDeATe network plugged in and played with this year’s Global Game Jam theme, “What Do We Do Now?” MORE
Thursday, January 29, 2015

Carnegie Mellon Team Finds Individuals May Fail To Navigate Complex Tradeoffs in Privacy Decision-Making

Data PrivacyCarnegie Mellon researchers detail the privacy hurdles people face while navigating in the information age, and what should be done about privacy at a policy level, in a review published in the Jan. 30 special issue of the journal Science. MORE
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Dream of Education

Freeman HrabowskiSimon Initiative lecturer Freeman Hrabowski challenges CMU to bring Dr. Martin Luther King's vision of equal social opportunity to life. MORE
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Deflategate: Could Physics Be at Fault?

FootballCarnegie Mellon Physics Professor Gregg Franklin explains how physics could have played a role in football's latest controversy. MORE
Monday, January 26, 2015

Citadel Sponsors Redesign of Carnegie Mellon Computer Science Lab and Study Spaces

Citadel Teaching CommonsThe new Citadel Teaching Commons is a lab and study space that includes collaborative and high-performance clusters that will help learning and development of the next generation of computer scientists. MORE
Friday, January 23, 2015

Carnegie Mellon Engineering Student Catherine Groschner Wins Churchill Scholarship

Kate GroschnerGroschner, a senior materials science and engineering major, is the 11th CMU student to receive the Churchill Scholarship, one of the most prestigious awards for studying abroad in the United Kingdom. She plans to pursue a Master of Philosophy in Energy Technologies and conduct photovoltaics research. MORE
Friday, January 23, 2015

MIT's Ed Boyden To Receive Andrew Carnegie Prize in Mind and Brain Sciences

Ed BoydenA pioneer in bioengineering and neuroscience, Boyden leads MIT's synthetiic neurobiology group, which develops tools for analyzing and engineering the circuits of the brain. He'll receive the award on April 9 at CMU. MORE
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust To Launch Inaugural Pittsburgh Humanities Festival

Pgh Humanities FestivalJ. Kevin McMahon and Paul Organisak of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and David Shumway of Carnegie Mellon will outline the vision for the festival at 10 a.m., Jan. 28 at the James R. Rohr Building at 805-807 Liberty Ave in downtown. Running March 26-29, the festival will feature “Smart Talk About Stuff That Matters” by internationally renowned experts, artists and intellectual innovators. MORE
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

James Rohr To Become Chairman of Carnegie Mellon's Board of Trustees

Jim RohrRohr, the former chairman and CEO of PNC Financial Services Group, will succeed Raymond Lane, effective July 1. A member of the board since 1992, Rohr has served as the board's vice chairman since 2012, and currently chairs its Nominating and Governance Committee. He also serves on the Finance Committee of which he was vice chair from 2007-2012. He chaired CMU's Presidential Search Committee from 2012-2013. MORE
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Carnegie Mellon Trustee and Business Leader Luis Ball To Discuss "Latin America: The Unnoticed Giant South of the Border"

Luis BallBall, born in Venezuela, will discuss how popular views of Latin America, its history and even its scholarly writing start with pre-conceived ideas based on myth, not reality. MORE
Monday, January 19, 2015

Researchers Discover "Idiosyncratic" Brain Patterns in Autism

Brain Patterns in AutismNew research recently published in Nature Neuroscience shows the brains of individuals with autism display unique synchronization patterns, something that could impact earlier diagnosis of the disorder and future treatments. MORE
Monday, January 19, 2015

Researchers Develop New Way To Model Sickle Cell Behavior

Sickle Cell Blood CellsThe multidisciplinary research team has developed a novel microfluidic device to assess cell-level processes influencing the pathophysiology of sickle cell disease (SCD), an inherited genetic disorder. The device can analyze the behavior of blood from sickle cell disease patients and measure how long it takes blood cells to become dangerously stiff, making them more likely to get trapped in blood vessels. MORE
Monday, January 19, 2015

Diversity and Social Justice

BlackoutWhile Martin Luther King Jr. Day is often a time to contemplate society, conversations on the topic are ongoing at CMU.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

What Does Privacy Look Like? Carnegie Mellon Professor Explores Public Attitudes, Concerns Using Drawings

Privacy Illustrated 1The project, Privacy Illustrated, has amassed hundreds of drawings thus far, from participants ranging in age from 5 to 91. MORE
Thursday, January 15, 2015

Visiting Scholar Soars With Oscar Nod

Michael Keaton in BirdmanMichael Keaton, who helps CMU's ETC students, was nominated for Best Actor. He's just one of the university ties to watch at the 2015 Academy Awards. MORE
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Carnegie Mellon's Miller Gallery Opens "From the Edge" Exhibition, Featuring Performance Design Depicting Social and Political Issues

Waiting for Godot"From the Edge" tackles the foremost issues and events during the Bush and Obama administrations, including 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, health care, moral questions brought to the fore by war and fundamentalist beliefs, and issues relating to views on race in society. MORE
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Professor Chester S. Spatt Named to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's New Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee

Chester SpattThe committee will focus on the structure and operations of U.S. equity markets and act as a formal channel through which advice and recommendations will be provided to the SEC on issues that include a review of the SEC's Regulation NMS (National Market System), the role of exchanges in the current market structure and the presence and effect of conflicts in the routing and execution of equity orders. MORE
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

FTC Commissioner Julie Brill To Address Privacy Concerns Regarding “Internet of Things” at Carnegie Mellon

Julie Brill Brill will emphasize the importance of designing devices and systems that implement privacy, security and fairness during a lecture at 1:30 p.m., Jan. 28. Her talk will kick off several Privacy Day events at CMU. MORE
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Carnegie Mellon University's Electrical and Computer Engineering Students Host Seventh Annual Freestyle Tinkering Festival

Build 18Build18 serves as an intellectual playground for the brightest and most creative of Carnegie Mellon's engineers. Over 200  engineering students will showcase their freestyle tinkering projects from 2 to 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 16 in the Cohon University Center's Wiegand Gym. MORE
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Carnegie Mellon Developing Online Tools To Detect and Identify Sex Traffickers

The three-year, $3.6 million CMPolice CarU effort seeks to undercut sex traffickers with online tools that target a key vulnerability: the need to advertise. MORE
Monday, January 12, 2015

People Watching: Brain Research Shows Different Pathways Are Responsible for Person and Movement Recognition

Marlene BehrmannResearchers, including Carnegie Mellon's Marlene Behrmann, have found that the ability to understand different movements, engages different brain mechanisms from those that recognize who is initiating the action. The study illustrates for the first time how individuals with prosopagnosia, or face blindness, are still able to recognize other people's movements.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Young Pittsburgh Writers To Be Honored at Carnegie Mellon's Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Awards Ceremony, Jan. 19

Martin Luther KingFourteen Pittsburgh-area high school and college students will be honored for their poetry and prose reflecting on their personal experiences with race and discrimination. The awards program is a mainstay of CMU's MLK Day celebration, which this year is expanding to include new events and programs throughout January and February. MORE
Monday, January 12, 2015

Jim Ray Daniels' "Eight Mile High" Lands on 2015 Michigan Notable Books List

Eight Mile High Book CoverThis is the second consecutive year that Daniels has been named to the Michigan Notable Books List; his poetry book, "Birth Marks," was honored in 2014. MORE
Monday, January 12, 2015

Carnegie Mellon Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.'s Life and Legacy Throughout January and February

Freeman HrabowskiFreeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), will deliver this year's keynote address as part of CMU's Simon Initiative Distinguished Lecture Series on Monday, Jan. 26.
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Monday, January 12, 2015

Carnegie Mellon's Six-legged "Snake Monster" Is First of New Breed of Reconfigurable Modular Robots

Snake MonsterRobot inventor Howie Choset says the walking robot is only one example of how robots built using the modular system can easily be reconfigured to meet a user's needs. MORE
Monday, January 12, 2015

Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University Open Nominations for Theatre Education Award

Tony Award BannerNow through March 31, nominations are being accepted online for the inaugural "Excellence in Theatre Education Award." Anyone — from students and school administrators, to friends, neighbors and family — can submit a worthy K-12 teacher for consideration. MORE
Friday, January 9, 2015

Carnegie Mellon's John R. Anderson To Attend White House Workshop on Bridging Neuroscience and Learning

John AndersonAnderson is renowned for his work that combines cognitive psychology and computer science to understand how the brain works, how people learn and how computer-based instructional systems can be used as educational aids. The workshop will be held on Friday, Jan. 23.
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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Solution to Simplest Poker Game Is Just the Beginning

Tuomas SandholmCarnegie Mellon's Tuomas Sandholm says solving imperfect-information games has applications in business, medicine and security. MORE
Monday, January 5, 2015

International Research Effort Gives Neuroscientists Better Feeling About Sense of Touch

Alison BarthFor the first time researchers, including Carnegie Mellon's Alison Barth, have linked a group of neurons to a specific type of somatosensation, a finding that can open the door for a heightened understanding about our sense of touch. MORE
Monday, January 5, 2015

Active Achievements

golfIt takes a strong mind and body to excel on and off the field.

Seventy-eight student-athletes at Carnegie Mellon University showed they were up to the task by earning 4.0 grade-point averages this fall semester along with strong competitive showings in their respective sports.
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A Personal Journey

compassNamed after Homer's epic poem, the Odyssey program helps a select group of current sophomores chart their remaining semesters at CMU. MORE